International Relations and International Organization

Rijksuniversiteit Groningen

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Are you interested in international issues? Would you like to study and work in an international environment? The IRIO Bachelor programme is a great stepping-stone to an international career.

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typeregulier, 180 EC
start1 september
taalvolledig English
opleidingsduur3 jaar voltijd
numerus fixus260plaatsen
honoursheeft honours track

In this three-year Bachelor's degree programme you will explore political questions on an international level. You will focus on international relations, especially on the role of international organizations.

During the programme, you will approach issues in the field of international relations from three perspectives: political, economic and legal. In addition, you will receive thorough training in a modern foreign language. You will acquire a broad understanding of international relations.

Within the programme you can compile your own profile by choosing a minor. This offers many options to dive into an aspect you may be especially interested in, for example Development Studies. You can also opt for courses at other Faculties or spend a semester abroad.

As the programme is taught in English, a good grasp of the English language is essential!

The Bachelor's degree in International Relations and International Organization is a quota study (numerus fixus). This means that only a limited number of students are accepted every year.

Waarom aan de RUG?

IRIO in Groningen is a bachelor programme where international relations are not a specialization but core business. The main emphasis is on the functions of international organizations and the process leading to their creation. Attention is paid to research skills, language training, methodologies, historical context and theory. Last but not least: in Groningen you study IRIO with Dutch and international students!


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1e jaar The first year, the propaedeutic phase, will consist of introductory modules in the fields of international relations, law and economics. You will also start language acquisition modules in the foreign language of your choice: Chinese, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Russian, Spanish or Swedish.
History of International Relations 1
5 EC
International Politics
5 EC
Introduction to International and European Law
5 EC
History of International Relations 2
5 EC
Academic Skills for IR
5 EC
Statistics for IR
5 EC
Introduction to Economics
5 EC
Language Course 1a
5 EC
Political Science
5 EC
International Organisation
10 EC
Language Course 1b
5 EC
2e jaar In the second year you will deepen your knowledge of international relations, economics and law. Attention will be paid to decision-making processes on an (inter)national level; international relations will be placed in a theoretical and philosophical framework; you will study international monetary issues; and you will broaden your knowledge of the law of the European communities and European Union. Furthermore, you will complete your language modules.
Language Course 2a
5 EC
Policy and Governance
10 EC
Theory of International Relations
10 EC
Language Course 2b
5 EC
Language Course 3a
5 EC
European Law
5 EC
Methodology and Research Practice
10 EC
Language Course 3b
5 EC
IPE of Monetary Relations
5 EC
3e jaar In the final year of the programme, you can specialise by choosing a minor in a field of your interest; for example on Development Studies. You can also choose to spend a semester abroad. You will complete an International Law module and you will study international trade theory. Finally you will choose a core module: a tutorial that will examine a specific theme through literature and source research. You will conclude the core module by writing your Bachelor's thesis.
30 EC
IPE of Trade
5 EC
Core Module IRIO and Bachelor Thesis
20 EC
International Law
5 EC


minor Minors

The fifth semester of your studies is dedicated to your Minor: a coherent set of future-oriented course units. It prepares you for a follow-on Master's degree program or for entering the labour market. You can opt for a Career Minor, a Minor abroad, a University Minor or a Faculty Minor.


taal van onderwijs100% en
onderwijsopzet60% zelfstudie
30% theorie
10% praktijk
case study, literature study, colloquium, oral presentation, internship, research, research project, research proposal, tutorial, lecture, working group, group assignment, workshop, group discussion, self evaluation, individual assignment, self study, integration module, project
study guidance
If you have any questions or doubts about your studies, you can always contact the study advisor. He or she knows all the ins and outs of the programme, minors, study abroad and personal planning. Study advisors are impartial and everything that is discussed is treated confidentially. They can also help you find the right institutions and student desks for your problem
exchange programs
  • SciencesPo (Paris, France), Roma Tre (Rome, Italy), St. Louis (Brussels, Belgium, University of Antwerp (Belgium), Jagiellonian Uitwisselingsprogramma - Europa
bindend studieadvies
  • minimaal 45 EC in de eerste 12 maanden

You will be issued a binding study advice after the first year of study. You can expect a positive result if you have earned 45 ECTS or more out of a total of 60 ECTS. If you have earned fewer than 45 ECTS and are issued a negative binding study advice: you will not be allowed to continue with your degree programme.
You will receive preliminary study advice in December to make sure that you know where you stand. Please contact your study advisor as soon as possible if you have any questions about the BSA system.

honours-/excellence program University of Groningen Honours College

The Honours College will give talented, motivated students the chance to be challenged even more by following Honours programmes and taking part in numerous other activities.

The Honours College consists of a broadening part and a deepening part and has a study load of 45 ECTS credit points on top of the 180 ECTS credit points from your regular Bachelor programme.

Toelating en kosten


1 september 2019

aanmelding deadline : 15 januari 2019
wettelijk tarief : € 2083 (€1042 in het eerste jaar)
instellingstarief : € 8450
niet-EU/EER studenten : € 8900

1 september 2020

aanmelding deadline : 15 januari 2020
collegegeld nog niet bekend

toelaatbare profielen
VWO C&Mtoelaatbaar
VWO E&Mtoelaatbaar
VWO N&Gtoelaatbaar
VWO N&Ttoelaatbaar
hbo-pAdditional requirements English: Minimum requirement of TOEFL iBT 90 (with a minimum of 21 on all items), or IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 6 on all items). Language Centre English Test (LCET) level C1 (B2 for no more than two components).

The IRIO programme is taught in English. Dutch students with a VWO diploma do not need to submit proof of their English proficiency. For other EU candidates, the Admissions Officer will notify you if you need to provide test results. All non-EU candidates will need to provide test results. The minimum level of English proficiency is: TOEFL iBT 90 (with a minimum of 21 on all items), or IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 6 on all items. Language Centre English Test (LCET) level C1 (B2 for no more than two components).

Dutch VWO diploma, a German Abitur, an International Baccalaureate diploma (minimum score: 24), a European Baccalaureate or another diploma that is sufficient for acceptance to a Dutch university. Students with a Dutch 'hbo propedeuse' diploma also need to meet the language requirements mentioned above.

estimated monthly costs

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303kamerhuur in Groningenrond het landelijk gemiddelde
172collegegeldop basis van € 2060 per jaar
80studieboeken en -spullen
77uiterlijkkleding, kapper, schoenen
132vrije tijdstappen, uit eten, vakantie
42vervoernaast de OV-kaart

€ 1171totale maandelijkse uitgaven landelijk gemiddelde is € 1181
Hiernaast staat een overzicht van de gemiddelde kosten die een uitwonende student heeft. Niet iedere student heeft met iedere kostenpost te maken. Het totaalgemiddelde is dus niet gelijk aan de optelsom van alle kostenposten.

Bekijk ook de uitgebreide toelichting: wat kost studeren?

Studenten en studentenleven


749 studenten volgen deze opleiding
56% daarvan is vrouw
241 eerstejaars gestart in 2017
63% daarvan is vrouw
29331 studenten aan de Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
51% daarvan is vrouw
bron: StudieData


Clio is the Study Association of International Relations & International Organization at the University of Groningen. Clio has 1200 members and is one of the largest students' associations in Groningen, and the largest students' organization at a Dutch faculty of Arts.
Clio has 1100 members and is one of the largest students' associations in Groningen, and the largest students' organization at a Dutch Faculty of Arts. Clio organizes numerous events including parties, workshops, excursions and offers services like high-quality summaries, the internship database and various discounts around Groningen.
Mitrany is the Alumni Network for all graduated students of International Relations and International Organization.
Mitrany was established in February 2013 in order to facilitate the contact between alumni and the Department of IRIO. Mitrany offers events tailored to graduated IRIO students concerning career paths and connects graduated IRIO students to its alumni network.

Op kamers in Groningen

55216studenten studerend
31914studenten woonachtig   
€ 303gemiddelde kamerprijs
kamer betaalbaarheid
21 m2gemiddelde kameroppervlak
kamer beschikbaarheid
bron: Nationale Studenten Enquête

aan het woord: studenten en docenten

Balint Horvath
This programme combines my interest in history, geography and politics

After finishing school in Hungary, I took a gap year and was looking for programmes that combined my interest in history, geography and politics. The possibility of studying in English, along with the reputation and competitiveness of the university, convinced me to choose IRIO in Groningen.

So far, the programme has lived up to my expectations. The biggest differences between secondary school and university are freedom and self-responsibility. Most of the students in the programme are passionate about their studies...
It gives a really friendly feeling to the entire city.’

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Emi Visser
This programme helps you understand how a policy should work and how an organizational structure should facilitate this policy

I chose IRIO as I am passionate about making the world a better place. The course units that interested me most were those dealing with policy or theory. The interdisciplinary nature of the programme gives you the opportunity to develop the necessary skills to enter the world of policy-making at an international level.

The IRIO programme helps you understand how a policy should work and how an organizational structure should facilitate this policy...
For example, I am Chair of the Board of Clio and Treasurer of our alumni association, Mitrany. These board posts have enabled me to develop practical skills and learn to work in a team. After I graduate, I would like to work for a consultancy or the government.

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Student Ambassador Casper de Boer
It feels as if each day, I learn something new about the ever-changing world around me

About CasperHi there! My name Casper de Boer. I am currently a fourth year IRIO student, as well as a participant in the Honours College (BA) programme of the RUG. Last year I advised the Faculty Board of the Faculty of Arts on education related matters in my function as student-assessor. It was a rather extensive part-time job that resulted in having to extend my bachelor programme one more year...
I decided to join a friend to an Open Day, where I encountered the IRIO bachelor programme for the very first time. The programme’s multi-disciplinary approach immediately struck a chord with me. IRIO is not just one subject of study, it is rather a ‘mosaic’ of different disciplines, from history and economics to law and political science. Studying IRIO means that you are constantly in touch with the world around you. I believe it is no longer sufficient to only present your point of view. A globalized world needs us to push the boundaries of our knowledge by combining different areas of knowledge, by listening to others and by developing ourselves through our encounters. IRIO offered me the tools to do this, by focusing on different aspects that constitute the world of IR. It feels as if each day I learn something new about the ever-changing world around me. These dynamics make up for a challenging, yet thrilling experience.Read more about Casper de Boer and why he chose to study International Relations & International Organization in Groningen!

Questions? Send Casper an e-mail!

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Student Ambassador Teun van der Horst
IRIO does have a focus on world politics and uses a theoretical approach, but it also addresses social sciences, economics, history, law and some other fields

About TeunHi! My name is Teun van der Horst, I am 21 years old and second-year student International Relations & International Organization (IRIO). Two years ago, after I finished secondary school, I attended a study that totally did not fit my liking, and afterwards felt a bit lost regarding all the studies that were out there. Of all the studies, I luckily found what suits me best, and hope to help you to achieve the same.Outside classes and lectures, I like being sociable, creative and to engage with global developments...
Now I know that that’s a rather wrong assumption, and that for people with many different interests there luckily is multidisciplinary education. IRIO does have a focus on world politics and uses a theoretical approach, but it also addresses social sciences, economics, history, law and some other fields.However, apart from a broad interest, I am mostly fascinated by the global developments of politics, war, democracy and diplomacy. I like how my study offers a more nuanced, elaborated and scientific view on what we see regularly in the news, or on what happens in wars and international conferences. I think an interest in these subjects is an absolute must – every IRIO-student is engaged with the news and with politics, be it in an activist or scientific way.Read more about Teun van der Horst and why he chose to study International Relations & International Organization in Groningen!

Questions? Send Teun an e-mail!

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Leander Lelouvier
Being provided with the necessary tools

When I was searching for the right degree programme, a combination between law, economics and political science, I stumbled upon IRIO. So far, it is my experience that IRIO is more than simply combining these subjects: it provides us with the necessary tools to understand how they are all connected in this complex world.

A personal challenge has been the responsibility of getting the weekly readings done, which requires some discipline, but also provides us with great freedom to make our own schedule...

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Anton Wuis
An international environment of likeminded academics

I chose the IRIO programme because I wanted to understand how the world around me works and, ultimately, to learn how to improve it. By learning how power structures work, how laws guide behaviour and how economic policies influence us, this programme seemed well-fit for me. Moreover, there is space to choose extra courses and to go abroad. Currently, I am writing my thesis on the effects of the euro area crisis on European Union policy and I am going abroad to South Korea next year.

These were all great opportunities to learn how to work in an international team. Studying IRIO in Groningen will submerge you into an international environment of like-minded, yet wholly diverse students and academics. With the experience and academic skills from Groningen, I hope to work for an international organization or an NGO.

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I want to know how to improve the world

I started IRIO as an idealist. I wanted to know what makes the world go round and how to improve it. IRIO is an excellent way to explore world politics and all the things that are involved. For my Bachelor's thesis, I wrote on images and how they influence international relations – more specifically, how infographics convey climate change. I'm very interested in how International Relations are affected by the digital age.

I managed to establish a link between infographics and politics: some infographics have led to major changes in policy, saving thousands of lives. When writing my thesis I learned a lot about discourse and how it can develop from the most insignificant 9GAG meme to very important political decisions. I find that fascinating.

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Dan Mocanu
Along my studies my faculty actively cultivated in our classrooms reasoned debate, principled dissent, and incisive collaborative engagement with various issues

In 2015, I started my undergraduate studies in the International Relations and International Organisation programme. In this holistic and pluri-disciplinary programme, I have been successfully trained - both theoretically and methodologically - to further pursue the set of problématiques that drive me intellectually.

Along my studies, apart from the commitment to excellent research and instructive teaching, my faculty actively cultivated in our classrooms reasoned debate, principled dissent, and incisive collaborative engagement with various issues...
Groningen offers a platform where academic experience is not only about getting an education, but also about acquiring a self, fostering an independent mind, building personal networks, and cultivating an active stance towards the daunting problems of our globalized age. Read more about Dan Mocanu and ask him your question about studying in Groningen

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Isabell Burmester
Experienced and renowned professors supply high quality academic knowledge

I came to Groningen because I was interested in a study program that was not offered at universities in Germany at that time. I knew little about the Netherlands and the Dutch education system, let alone the language. More importantly, I did not know anything about the city that I would call home for the following three years and yet I immediately felt at home..

Many of the university buildings are spread over the city center and so it is not unusual to be greeted by a fellow student or a professor while you are biking to your next class. In fact your bike will be your most valued companion throughout your time in Groningen.All of this is of course an important part of the student life in Groningen, but what struck me most about my time here in Groningen was the quality of my academic experience. Experienced and renowned professors supply high quality academic knowledge and ignited my passion for academic research in my field of study. They provided me with important tools and skills that will be very valuable for my future career and personal life. Moreover, learning in a multicultural environment not only enhanced my academic performance; it also changed my view on many study-related topics and led me to become a more tolerant and open-minded person.Read more about Isabell and her student life in Groningen.

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Ellen Ringnalda
werkzaam als Business analyst bij GasTerra
Every issue has many perspectives

I currently work as a business analyst at the gas trading company GasTerra. I work in the commercial department that sells gas to energy providers. As a business analyst I support the account managers in the sales process.

I like the dynamic environment in which GasTerra operates. Each day can be different in a rapidly changing market with many challenges. Every day I use the analytical skills I acquired during my studies...
I loved the opportunity to specialize in a certain subject by choosing the most interesting research seminars, thesis subject and electives and an internship abroad. In addition, Groningen is a very lively city that has everything – nice coffee bars, nightlife and a brilliant student life. I am very lucky to still live in this beautiful city.

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In 2017 hebben meer dan 280.000 studenten hun oordeel gegeven over hun studie en instelling.

International Relations and International Organization aan de Rijksuniversiteit Groningen is beoordeeld door 289 respondenten. Gemiddeld waarderen ze de opleiding met 4.1 uit 5.
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studenttevredenheid 3.9 0
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ervaren contacttijd per week 12-18 -
doorstroom naar tweede jaar 75% -
diploma binnen 4 jaar 48% -
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Studie in cijfers

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Na de studie

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Beroepsperspectief / arbeidsmarkt

After finishing the Bachelor's programme in IRIO, most students choose to continue their studies in a related Master's programme, which will enhance their employment possibilities. You can either choose a general Master in International Relations or choose to specialise in a specific field of IR.

With a Bachelor’s degree in IRIO, you have direct access to all six tracks of the Master International Relations at the University of Groningen: East Asian Studies, European Integration, Geopolitics & Connectivity, International Relations and International Organization, International Political Economy, and International Security.

Just like most other university Bachelor and Master programmes, the IRIO programme does not train you for one specific job. The IRIO programme prepares its students for professions and research careers where knowledge of international-political developments and the ability to analyse and assess complex issues and to form grounded judgements are relevant.

Many graduates become policy advisors for national governments, NGOs, and international organisations in international politics. An increasing number of graduates also use their analytical skills to advise international businesses. Research, media and communication are also prospective fields of employment.

For some examples of where our graduates work, please check our alumni flyer

We would also like to direct you to the IRIO Alumni Network Mitrany for a survey they conducted among IRIO alumni.

current job market
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€ 2323gemiddeld bruto maandloon
50%kans op een vaste baan
38%kans op een voltijd baan
48%kans op een baan op niveau
16%spreekt van "goede aansluiting arbeidsmarkt"
64%is tevreden over de studiekeuze

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